Builder’s Risk insurance is a form of construction insurance designed to protect buildings and structures that are under construction or renovation. In parts 1 and 2 of our 3-part series on the coverage, we discussed what the policy covers, what it excludes, and various aspects of the policy cost. In this last segment, let’s look at:
Builder’s Risk insurance, also known as Course of Construction, typically lasts either three months, six months, or 12 months. Coverage generally takes effect on the date all contracts are signed, unless policy provisions state otherwise. And it usually ends when the building gets completed. Other circumstances upon which coverage will end, include:
Yes. If the initial policy term ends before the completion of the project, it can be extended, but usually only once. You can also add more coverage to your policy, and all you need to do is call us at Contractors Liability to discuss these extensions.
Builder’s Risk insurance is a one-shot construction insurance policy, meaning you will not get any of your paid premiums back if you cancel early.
Construction insurance is temporary, so you will need permanent property insurance when the project gets completed. For a residential project, you will require a Homeowners Insurance policy. But you must first occupy the home to qualify for coverage. It’s best to make arrangements for the coverage before your Builder’s Risk insurance expires to avoid going without insurance for a period.
Unlike other types of construction insurance like General Liability and Workers Compensation, Builder’s Risk insurance is not mandatory. What this means is, contractors and property owners are not required by law to have a Builder’s Risk policy during construction.
However, the coverage is often a requirement in contracts such as loan agreements and independent contractor agreements. If your project is being financed, the lender usually requires that you, as the contractor or developer, carry Builder’s Risk insurance. It’s also often required to win contracts from local or state governments and large organizations.
It is advisable to purchase the policy before the project begins, since your insurer will only cover labor and material costs incurred after the coverage start date. So, any work done before coverage begins will not be insured unless you have your Builder’s Risk insurance in place.
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